I checked this book out of a library in the 70's, so it might be from earlier.

I remember the "Enchanted Village" story by Van Vogt, and the cover image of a floating rock. I think it was "The Castle of the Pyrenees" by Magritte, or something similar.

Would love to find it or its equivalent with any cover to remember the rest of the stories in it.


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Given your description of the cover the anthology surely has to be The Far-Out Worlds of A. E. van Vogt but this doesn't contain Enchanted Village.

The Far-Out Worlds of A. E. van Vogt

Is it possible you've mixed up your van Vogt anthologies?


Could it be the short story collection 'Innocents Aboard' by Gene Wolfe?

Cover image

Unfortunately, it wasn't published until 2004 so unless you're wrong about when you read it, it's unlikely to be the one you remember. However, it does feature the Magritte painting you referenced.

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    Also used for a 1974 collection of Kafka stories, but since neither includes the mentioned story (or any by van Vogt at all) I didn't think it was really worth mentioning.
    – DavidW
    Commented Apr 13, 2022 at 16:36
  • @DavidW: Technically, not a collection of Kafka stories, but just his novel The Castle, with fragments and variants.
    – DaG
    Commented Apr 14, 2022 at 18:53
  • @DaG Ah, right. I wasn't paying enough attention to the page numbers. :)
    – DavidW
    Commented Apr 14, 2022 at 18:57

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